Today, at the age of 76, Aretha Franklin passed away among friends and family at her home in Detroit. Franklin had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer.
Unfocused, charming, a little sappy, a tad more menacing than one may remember, ‘Yellow Submarine’ is silly and innocent, without being insultingly amateurish.
Power Pop has a long history, as these half-forgotten gems of summers past from The Beach Boys, The Raspberries, and others demonstrate.
The left-wing’s echo chamber of the internet is outraged at Swift’s new cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September,’ which she released on Spotify.
Lana Del Rey (real name Elizabeth Grant) is caught between being an act and an activist. Time will tell where this takes her artistry.
It is a serendipitous fact that O’Riordan is named Dolores, which means pain, because she put art into making suffering humane.
The two-part formula for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was putting a darker spin on very conventional melodies and employing a lot of dynamics.
I’m not completely sure what haters are going to say is fake, but I can only presume ‘it’ is Justin Timberlake’s musical talents.
In a world where sexual harassment and hook-ups are the norm, Taylor Swift’s new album shows millennial women can still hold high standards about relationships. The old Taylor is not dead and neither are we.
It’s time for one of my favorite genres: the end-of-year listicle. So before we shift our attention to 2018, let’s reflect on some of the best music to come out in 2017.
Maybe you understood U2 to be vaguely spiritual or quasi-Christian-but-who-really-knows. Listen to these songs again, and reconsider.
With ‘Reputation,’ Taylor Swift has sold more albums in four days than any other album has sold the entire year. This is the free market at its finest.
While not perfect when viewed through the thick lenses of this long-time pop-music dork, it seems 10cc’s latest compilation is about as good as it’s ever going to get.
A question my four-year-old often asks me suggests the lessons of youth can be intellectually stimulating and penetrating.
In 2014, Tom Petty was responsible for one out of every 40 rock songs heard on the radio. That likely has not changed much.
Swift and Perry have disappointed fans with songs that sound like clanging cymbals and lyrics that amount to ‘PAY ATTENTION TO ME!’ The politics eating away at their souls have also destroyed their talent.
No one belts out ‘I will always love you!’ anymore. Instead, they’re ‘In the bed all day, bed all day, bed all day,’ and no, Zayn Malik is not sleeping.
Mary Katharine Ham and Kristen Soltis Anderson debate whose at the top of the late ’90s music video throne on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour.
In a musical world filled with lyrics that degrade, shock, and diminish others, ‘I Was Born’ is an inspiring (and addicting) antidote.
Amid the Ella Fitzgerald centennial celebrations, few note that she revived her career by consciously ‘whitening’ her vocal style in her nine Songbook albums.
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